Johann Peter Geist and his family arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 4 July 1766 aboard the English frigate Love & Unity under the command of Skipper Thomas Fairfax.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Dobrinka on 20 June 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 64.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Peter Geist was a baker while the 1767 census records that he was a farmer.
The 1798 census records that in 1796, Johann Wilhelm Geist moved from the colony of Müller to Kraft. He is recorded on the 1798 census of Kraft in Household No. Kf19. Because of the proximity of these colonies to one another, it is assumed that this Johann Wilhelm Geist belongs to the Geist family that originally settled in Dobrinka.
The 1767 census records that Johann Peter Geist came from the German village of Rigelsen in the region of Erbach.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Db44, Kf19, Mv1811.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 330.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #1825.